|Chavez, McCraw want to prove doubters wrong|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 3, 2004 - CUMBY - For seniors Trent McCraw and Charle Chavez, 2004 is the year they show fans of Cumby football what they can do after a disappointing 2-8 season.
In last weeks 20-7 win over the Alba-Golden Panthers, McCraw received the "Milk"award, which is for outstanding work on the offensive and defensive line, while Chavez received the "Big Hit" award by the Trojan's coaching staff.
"Trent was our 'Milk' player of the week last week, which is our lineman award," Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne said.
"Charle was our 'Big Hit' award winner last week, and he had several big hits last week. One of his hits that we saw on film was one of those blurs where he just wore somebody out. We have got to have some hitters on this team because we didn't have them last year. "
Charle believed his performance was not as good as he would have liked for the first game of the year against Alba-Golden
"I thought I didn't play that well last week, but for coach to give me that award meant a lot to me," Chavez said.
Chavez is a two-year starter for the Trojans, and was chosen as a second team wide receiver, along with first team secondary.
Chavez (6-0, 175, 4.9), a player to watch according to Dave Campbell's Football Magazine prior to this season, moves from the secondary to starting linebacker, and also returns as a receiver for the team.
"He does a great job for us and we are proud of the way he has come back from last year to this year. His attitude is a lot better, and it is a lot more fun to work with him," Hawthorne said.
Charle had two carries in Friday nights game against Alba-Golden for 13 yards and has also received the most votes by his fellow teammates as one of the team captains this season.
"Charle has been voted one of our captains by this team, and he has really stepped it up," Hawthorne said. "He is playing with pain all of the time because he is beat up like everybody else, but he just gets after it."
Four-year starter Trent McCraw has also been recognized as a player to watch for the Trojans this season, and is a player that coaches and teammates consider to be a leader.
In an interview for Inside Football, junior Chris Steward said he believes Trent has been a motivation for people coming in on the line, and that he will always be there to help out when the time is needed.
McCraw said it is tough on the line not having Steward at 6-3 and 275 pounds along for the season, after Steward tore his ACL in a scrimmage three weeks ago against Karnack.
"Trent is an undersized lineman. He is about 165 pounds at best, but he is one of the scrappiest little dudes you have ever seen. I was really concerned after watching the second scrimmage that Rockwall Christian had, they have a kid that is big, thick and fast and plays noseguard, but I am not worried about it," Hawthorne said. "Trent will get in there and be an ankle-biting little turkey."
Having a good chemistry between the center and quarterback is a must for an successful offense, and for senior Matt Steward having Trent in the game is a privilege.
"I have taken snaps from Trent for the past three or four years. He is not the biggest center, but you are going to have to get him down on his knees before he stops working on a play," Matt said.
"Me and Matt have good chemistry together on the field. You can always tell when our back-up comes in in place of Matt during practices or games," McCraw said.
If Cumby is to make it to the Class A state playoffs after back-to-back 2-8 seasons, McCraw and Chavez could play a major role in the success of the team this year.
"I went to the local cafe last week and heard fans of Cumby talking about how excited they were for this season, and that was really cool to hear from them this early in the year," McCraw said.